Dispatch from Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp 2018!

Posted on 07.12.2018
Prof. Michael Stewart (left), Prof. Kurt Burmeister (Ph.D., 2005, right), and the 2018 field camp students from UIUC Geology gather around the "Block I" as they tour Bonneville Salt flats.

Prof. Michael Stewart and the Illinois students attending the Wasatch-Uinta Summer Field Course based out of Park City, Utah have been working hard and observing some of the best Geology the west has to offer. Prof. Stewart and Lecturer Max Christie drove with most of the students from Urbana to Utah, and made several stops in the Rocky Mountains on the way. They were treated to a special tour at Dinosaur Ridge, just west of Denver, by none other than Norb Cygan (Ph.D. ’62). The field course commenced on June 10th, and ends on July 20th. Students have been hard at work developing field geology and mapping skills, and visiting classic localities such as the San Rafael Swell, the Grand Tetons, and Bonneville Salt Flats (see photo below). The Wasatch-Uinta field course is an award-winning, combined effort of geoscience departments at Illinois, Wisconsin (Madison), Michigan State, and Minnesota (Duluth). Generous donations from alumni cover a major fraction of the students’ costs and make this once in a lifetime experience possible for them.

Group Picture at Wasatch-Uinta

Prof. Michael Stewart (left), Prof. Kurt Burmeister (Ph.D., 2005, right), and the 2018 field camp students from UIUC Geology gather around the "Block I" as they tour Bonneville Salt flats.